Palace not in panic over Saudization


The Aquino administration is not pushing the panic button in light of the influx of undocumented Filipi-no workers who are deported from Saudi Arabia as a result of the crack-down on undocumened foreign workers in the oil-rich country.

Deputy Presidential Spokesman Abigail Valte made the announce-ment in light of the proposal of Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. which seeks to create an interagency body to provide source of livelihood for the repatriated undocumented workers.

Valte noted that the government has been exerting enough efforts in aiding the returning Filipinos by tasking the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Department of Labor and Employ-ment (DOLE) and the Depart-ment of Foreign Affairs to for-mulate reintegration programs for the returning Filipino Workers.

“At this time, these agencies are already focused on helping our OFWs [overseas Filipino workers]. There are different programs for our OFWs, and DOLE also has a re–integration program. There is also an assistance to be extended to those who would rather stay here in the country for good and establish a small business,” Valte told state-run Radyo ng Bayan.

The crackdown on undocu-mented Filipino workers, dubbed as Saudization, was implemented last November 4. At least 4,000 undocumented Filipino workers have already been repatriated, while around 1,500 Pinoys are waiting for the processing of their papers for repatriation.

“Last but not the least, DOLE, POEA and OWWA are also tasked to help the Filipino workers who would want to work in other foreign countries,” Valte added.

Rep. Walden Bello of Akbayan party-list earlier said that the Saudi government has been ungrateful to the un-documented foreign workers for such a crackdown, considering that the undocumented foreign workers have contributed greatly to the economy of the host country.


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